8 Oct: TSE Walking Group – ‘Burnt Norton’

The group met for an introduction at Turner Contemporary, and aim of the session was of walking together and stopping for readings at stages along the route.

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It was not a day conducive for walking but we carried on regardless and the weather did improve as the time went  on.

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Alongside  reading from the poem, Elspeth had also arranged for some of the visitors to set up ‘Walking Books’ sessions and various people signed up for a session beforehand.

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The group walked from the gallery along the seafront and ended up at the Garden Gate Project.

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Keith, a member of the group read one of his poems at the end of the walk.

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It is now nearly a year (17 November) since the group formed and we went on the first walk.  It has gone from strength to strength with Elspeth ensuring that each walk has  a main focus.  Alongside the main aims, friendships have emerged and the parameters have been extended as to how the group has developed offering a positive prospect for the future.

7 Oct: The Garden Gate Project

The Garden Gate is an inspiring project that has been set up at Northwood House, Margate and provides various activities aimed at helping people with learning difficulties; ranging from gardening to craft activities.

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On 7 October was a fund-raising day when the site was open to the public.  There was everything from a photography darkroom which had been set up in a shed, a Canterbury Cathedral stall where visitors were able to make paper stained glass windows to freshly made pizzas (donations only!)

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Elspeth from the TS Eliot Walking Group invited me to go along and I took the following images together with helping to paint some of the gardening boxes frames.

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18-31 July: Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham – Residency

Following the walk with Elspeth Penfold, she asked me if I would like to do a joint residency with her using images I had taken from the walk.  This shows us setting up:

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The following are the images I exhibited:

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It was the first time I had done a residency so felt it was valuable experience and a chance for my work to be seen away from the local area.

17 July: TSE Walking Group

Elspeth who set up the original Turner Contemporary group held another walk as part of a TSE symposium day for the University of Kent.  I was commissioned to take images of the walk for her.  This in turn led her to ask me to do a joint Artist in Residency with her at Sun Pier House Gallery, Chatham.

The following are some of the images from the day:

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April to July: TS Eliot Research Group update

Since the Turner Contemporary TS Eliot Research Group came into being in August 2015, I have been documenting all the meetings and activities.  I have also been part of the Evaluation Team, which has looked at all processes and activities to gather feedback, to enable the group to move forward and progress effectively.

To date although the number of members attending has diminished from the earlier meetings, there is now a strong group who attends and contributes regularly.  The group have collaboratively put forward suggestions for pieces to be included into the final exhibition and is now at the stage of putting these forward to the curators to see whether or not these will be available to exhibit in 2018.  These are some of the suggestions that I put forward for inclusion.

Subway Drawing – Henry Moore 1941

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Night Hawks – Edward Hopper 1942

The group is now on its summer break until September 2016.

19 Apr: TSE Waste Land Research Group – Evaluation with Michele Gregson

This meeting focussed in the main on the reasons and importance of evaluation and explored creative ways that this could be undertaken.  Michele led the meeting in her capacity as the consultant professional evaluator for the project, and followed on from the initial introduction to the process that Trish and I had introduced at the last meeting on 5 April.

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17 Mar: TSE Walking Group – Blue plaques

Each walk has adopted a different focus and I put in the suggestion for this one that we go in search of the blue plaques that exist in Margate.  They are all reasonably close to each other and once a route was determine we set off.  It took us to places and made us aware of things we may not have looked at previously.  The plaque showing where Turner went to study was obviously of importance.

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Update to Feb 2016: TSE Waste Land Research Group – Research Feedback

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During the winter months much discussion took place over the steps that needed to be taken as the project moves forward, with the emphasis being very much on any actions being approved by the group.

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This session on 13 January 2016 considered statements that were felt to epitomise the main facets of the project, through a practical activity of moving to an ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’ area.

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At the following meeting held at The Yacht Club on 26 January, the group split into group to cover the main facets of the exhibition such as object research, evaluation and community engagement.

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The next steps that were needed to be taken were discussed further at the meeting on 16 February.

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18 Nov: 1st meeting of the TSE Walking Group

Instigated by Elspeth Penfold

Elspeth emailed the group with a view to setting up a regular walking group.  It was a cold blustery day for those of us who turned up and was very much a walk to meet each other and to see how we felt future walks should be organised.

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Keith was a wealth of knowledge of snippets of local information and kept the group entertained.  We followed the route that Eliot would have travelled on his return to the former Albermarle Hotel, unfortunately now demolished.

It was agreed that we would like to continue meeting possibly fortnightly, weather permitting.